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Cesar Chavez Partially Reopened After Sinkhole Surprise (Update)

Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

Update: Cesar Chavez Street is now open to eastbound traffic, but one westbound lane is still closed as crews finish work on a sinkhole found this morning.

The cement used to fill the hole has very little water and dries quickly, but is not expected to be fully dry until after rush hour.

Original post (12:17 p.m.): Westbound Cesar Chavez Street is closed from I-35 to Red River after a sinkhole formed near Sabine Street.

The hole is only a little more than a foot wide on the surface, but Austin Police Corporal David Boyd said the external size of the sinkhole is deceiving.

“The city’s bridge department has looked underneath and is saying it’s probably about 15 ft by 15 ft wide – underneath,” said Boyd.

Crews are peeling off the asphalt to determine the best way to fill up the hole. Westbound Cesar Chavez will be closed in the area through rush hour today and possibly through Saturday.

The City of Austin says the closure won’t affect the Republic of Texas Biker Rally Parade. But closures for that will begin around 5:30. Drivers trying to get downtown after that are best off using streets north of 11th.

Laura first joined the KUT team in April 2012. She now works for the statewide program Texas Standard as a reporter and producer. Laura came to KUT from the world of television news. She has worn many different hats as an anchor, reporter and producer at TV stations in Austin, Amarillo and Toledo, OH. Laura is a proud graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, a triathlete and enjoys travel, film and a good beer. She enjoys spending time with her husband and pets.
Texas Standard reporter Joy Diaz has amassed a lengthy and highly recognized body of work in public media reporting. Prior to joining Texas Standard, Joy was a reporter with Austin NPR station KUT on and off since 2005. There, she covered city news and politics, education, healthcare and immigration.
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